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Regular hand washing prevents diarrhoea, says Sriram


Marketing Director, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) West Africa, Aliza Leferink (left), Dettol Brand Ambassador, Funke Akindele-Bello; General Manager, RB West Africa, Dayanand Sriram; during the Clean Naija Initiative official launch and Dettol brand ambassador unveiling in Lagos… on Tuesday.

The General Manager, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) West Africa, Dayanand Sriram has called on all Nigerians to practice regular hand washing with anti-bacterial soup to ensure quality health and improved hygiene to reduce number of people coming down with diarrhoea.

He made this call in GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday at the launch of Dettol Clean Naija titled your health is in your hands, adding that Dettol stands for healthy homes and happy homes.

Sriram said: “At RB, we see this Dettol Clean Naija as a good opportunity to renew our commitment to helping Nigerians live healthier lives through the adoption of good hygiene practices. We believe that simple activities such as regular washing of hands, go a long way in preventing the spread of diseases like diarrhoea amongst children and adults. We will continue to work together with our partners and stakeholders to educate Nigerians on the importance of good hygiene and healthy habits.”

Dettol brand ambassador, Funke Akindele–Bello, advised market women in Oshodi, Obalende, Yaba and other areas to stop open defecation and wash their hands always especially nursing mothers, she said open defecation had become a worrisome practice in Nigeria.

According to her, the bad habit is a major cause of many water-borne, food-borne and environmental diseases. She added that it could also lead to outbreaks of diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid and dysentery.

The Dettol ambassador said this practice was polluting the soil, water resources, environment and the air. She said: “People defecate on the walkways, under the bridges and at any available space. It gives room for the spread of diseases; when people defecate in the open, there is every tendency that flies will feed on these faeces. Flies perch on faeces and the fly carries away some amount of the faeces on their bodies. And the flies perch on food, which may later be eaten by another person. The germs in the faeces are passed onto the food,” she said.She advised that people should build toilets in their houses to maintain proper hygiene.

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